I actualy used to do a lot of astronomy when i was in my early 20's.
Hacked apart a friends binoculars at one point to make a telescope.
I kept making excuses for years when he kept asking for them back.
I was able to resolve the rings of Saturn through binoculars. Best object to see in the night sky by far.
Unfortunately, light pollution has always been a real problem.
I'm in the town center which makes any kind of astronomy impossible really.
But, the countryside is really close by and if i had transport i could get into the countryside in a matter of minutes, or even on Dartmoor where i could get really dark skies.
But any kind of town astronomy is going to be really difficult.
Then there is the problem of the british weather.
Cloudy skies are always another problem too.
Ideally, you'd want a small observatory or garden shed to use.
And a lot of small scopes can be computer controlled now for constant tracking and object finding.
So, you could operate the scope remotely from a shed and output the display to computer monitor in your house for instance.
The quality of scopes are awsome now too, for the price.
I suppose, like computers you can spend the earth on equipment, but all you need to get started are some decent binoculars.
The moon is really good through binoculars as well, although it tracks across the sky really quickly.
I always found it a really rewarding hobby. Well worth persuing if you can put up with the negatives.
And i think 'The Sky At Night' is the UK's longest running continuous programme now.
I like to catch it when i can, just to keep up to date.
I do little more than the odd bit of stargazing now and again.